Malta is officially the first European country to legalize adult-use cannabis

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On Tuesday, December 14, Malta made history by becoming the first European country to legally permit recreational cannabis cultivation and consumption. Back in 2018, the Mediterranean country legalized cannabis production, but only on the grounds that the plant is used specifically for research and medicinal purposes. Approved with a vote of 36-27 by members of Malta’s parliament, the cannabis reform measure is acknowledged as part of a worldwide push to decriminalize the green plant. Equality Minister Owen Bonnici described the move as “historic” and told reporters that it could potentially safeguard cannabis consumers from criminal justice system interference.  “[Malta’s adult-use cannabis law will] curb drug trafficking by making sure that users now have a safe and regularized way from where they can obtain cannabis,” he said. It should be noted that recreational cannabis legalization in Malta was voted against by the Nationalist Party. About Malta’s adult-use cannabis law Following the passing of Malta’s adult-use cannabis law, adults aged 21 and older can legally possess up to seven grams of weed.  The law also allows for home cultivation to the amount of four plants. However, adults cannot smoke weed around children – this is an illegal offense. Under the terms of Malta’s adult-use cannabis law, inhabitants of the island South of Sicily must abide by the following rules: Public smoking should be avoided and anyone caught doing so will be charged €235 (USD$265) Individuals caught smoking cannabis around individuals aged 18 or younger must be prepared to pay a maximum fine of €500 (USD$564) A fine of up to €100 (USD$113) must be paid by anyone who is caught carrying in excess of seven grams — but less than 28g — of adult-use cannabis in Malta. Minors found in possession of cannabis will be provided with support in the form of treatment…

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